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Nov 15, 2018 MarBelle
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I had the opportunity to speak to Director Sara Colangelo during the London Film Festival about her adaptation of Nadav Lapid’s critically acclaimed 2014 feature  The Kindergarten Teacher , starring Maggie Gyllenhaal in what has been heralded by many as a career-best performance. Sara and I got to discuss the advantages of a Netflix release, how she deployed thriller stylistic traits to convey the inner psychology of her troubled lead and why directing is less being an onset dictator and...
Topics: The Kindergarten Teacher, Interview, Feature, LFF, LFF2018, London Film Festival, USA
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Nov 8, 2018 MarBelle
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Directors Notes sits down with writer/director Christina Choe whose feature debut, the psychodrama Nancy, picked up the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance earlier this year. In our interview we speak to Christina about the difficulties of securing financing for films led by complex female protagonists, gathering a more than enviable cast of well respected actors her first time out and how her documentary films inform her fiction work.
Topics: Christina Choe, Nancy, Psychodrama, Feature, LFF, LFF2018, London Film Festival, USA
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Nov 2, 2018 MarBelle
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A rightfully gruelling and all-encompassing viewing experience, Erik Poppe’s  Utøya: July 22  depicts in real time the violent tragedy of the 2011 Utøya summer camp massacre in Norway, which saw a heavily armed right-wing extremist take the lives of 69 youths over the course of a relentless 72 minutes. DNWe spoke to Erik at the  London Film Festival  about why it was important to tell this story from the perspective of the victims and survivors, and how his desire to represent the...
Topics: Erik Poppe, Utøya: July 22, Utøya, Norway, Drama, Interview, Feature, LFF, London Film Festival,...
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Oct 25, 2018 MarBelle
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Chaired by The Pool’s Sam Baker London Film Festival Female Filmmaker panellists Jessica Hynes (The Fight), Sara Blecher (Mayfair), Arantxa Echevarria (Carmen and Lola), Dyana Winkler (United Skates), Soudade Kadaan (The Day I Lost My Shadow) discuss the gender barriers they overcame to make their films and strategies to help level the filmmaking playing field for all.
Topics: LFF, London Film Festival, LFF2018, Female Filmmakers, Jessica Hynes, Sara Blecher, Arantxa...
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Aug 30, 2018 MarBelle
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10 years in the making and spanning three decades in the life and career of underground DJ, music producer and record label owner James Lavelle, feature documentary  The Man from Mo’Wax  provides a compelling look at the foundation and implosion of one of the 90s most influential record labels and the driven man behind it who made careers, hits and a fair amount of enemies along the way. I sat down with first time feature director Matthew Jones to discuss the many hurdles he surmounted to...
Topics: Mo Wax, James Lavelle, UK, Record Label, Matthew Jones, Interview, Documentary
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Luca Dipierro and Father Murphy’s Chiara Lee & Freddie Murphy join us on the Directors Notes podcast to look back at the origins of their fruitful collaboration and reveal details of their forthcoming stop motion animated feature.
Topics: Luca Dipierro, Father Murphy, Interview, Music, Animation, Stop Motion, USA, Italy
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Feb 23, 2018 MarBelle
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Today we bring you an interview with emmy-nominated filmmaker  James Erskine  who’s feature documentary  The Ice King  hits UK cinemas and VOD today and tells the captivating story of John Curry, a man who not only redefined the sport of figure skating whilst being the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality was far from accepted but also elevated ice skating into an exalted art form in its own right. John shares how he crafted a story about artistic, athletic and societal...
Topics: James Erskine, John Curry, Documentary, Interview Ice Skating, Figure Skating, Olympian, Gold...
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Dec 21, 2017 MarBelle
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If we crossed paths in 2011 it’s more likely than not I chewed your ear off about how taken I was with Dustin Guy Defa’s debut feature  Bad Fever , a film that topped  my list of favourites for that year . Needless to say, I’ve been eagerly awaiting Dustin’s follow up which made its appearance at the  London Film Festival  this year I took the opportunity to catch up with Dustin to discuss film formats, his changing perspectives on life and filmmaking, and how he continued to hone...
Topics: Person To Person, Dustin Guy Defa, USA, Feature, Comedy, New York
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Nov 9, 2017 MarBelle
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DN returns to our  London Film Festival  coverage where we got to spend time with award winning Danish Director Birgitte Stærmose to discuss  Darling , her intense story of pain and perfection which unfolds in the demanding world of professional ballet. In our interview Birgitte describes how her decision to take a naturalistic and inventive approach to filming, which avoided repetition in shot setups across takes, infused the edit with a wealth of dynamic material.
Topics: Birgitte Stærmose, Denmark, LFF2017, London Film Festival, Thriller, Interview
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Oct 26, 2017 MarBelle
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I first spoke to Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire at the  London Film Festival  back in 2012 about his troubled teenage angst feature  Punk  and had the pleasure of catching up with the French Director once again at this year’s festival to discuss  A Prayer Before Dawn , his latest skirmish into the world of violence, which recounts the harrowing true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated for 3 years in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons.
Topics: Drama, Feature Feature, France, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, LFF2017, London Film Festival
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Oct 18, 2017 MarBelle
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We take a deep dive into the creation of Rob Curry & Tim Plester's new feature,  The Ballad of Shirley Collins , a lyrical documentary about the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, and her battle to rise again from long silent ashes after losing the ability to sing in the prime of her career over 40 years ago.
Topics: Shirley Collins, Documentary, Rob Curry, Tim Plester, Folk Music, Folk, London Film Festival
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Oct 4, 2017 MarBelle
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DN had the pleasure of sitting down with legendary, multi-award winning filmmaker Chris Shepherd to reflect on his celebrated career and return to the hybrid world of animated/live action violence in 'Johnno’s Dead'.
Topics: Interview, Chris Shepherd, Johnno's Dead, UK, Animation, Mixed Media
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Whether you’re a lifelong reader of seminal British weekly comic  2000AD  or have never heard of it, chances are that its anarchic sensibilities run through the DNA of much of the media you consume on a daily basis. 2000AD is title which nurtured the early talents of comic titans such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman, to name a few, whose work then went on to influence generations of creators across numerous fields. Made with heart and a desire to set the far reaching influence...
Topics: Paul Goodwin, Sean Hogan, Future Shock, 2000AD, Documentary, Feature, Comics, UK
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May 4, 2017 Amber Williams
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Nico Edwards’   Sea Gypsies  is a thrilling nautical documentary about adventure, alternative ways of living and life-threatening predicaments. It’s easy to see why this debut feature has picked up notoriety and awards on its film festival journey. Nico joined me on the DN podcast to discuss producing his documentary on a shoestring budget whilst battling through a force 12 hurricane of ice with wind gusts exceeding 100mph through some of the most treacherous seas on earth and how he...
Topics: Nico Edwards, Sea Gypsies, Sailing, Documentary, Boat
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Apr 13, 2017 MarBelle
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  Matt Hopkins and Ben Lankester’s  feature documentary  A Divorce Before Marriage  follows five-piece rock band  I Like Trains , who despite a dedicated following of fans and early record deal success have now found themselves most definitely ‘stuck in the middle’ – without the backing of a label and working day jobs as they attempt to finally breakthrough in a stagnant music industry. Matt and Ben join us on the podcast to discuss how they followed the band members for over three...
Topics: Matt Hopkins, Ben Lankester, I Like Trains, Documentary, Interview, UK
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Mar 16, 2017 MarBelle
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Director Nickolas Duarte and I discuss his new documentary Jay, which began life as a quick 3 minute profile piece about Jay Kyle Petersen a man who paints soul energy, only to become an epic 5 year exploration for the correct cinematic form in which to tell the harrowing story of Jay’s early life as an intersex man forced to grow up as female whilst suffering horrific abuse - an aspect of Jay’s life only revealed to Nick during their first interview.
Topics: Nickolas Duarte, USA, Documentary, Interview
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Dec 15, 2016 MarBelle
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An invitation to explore the darker edges of the human mind, Jorge Riquelme Serrano’s psychological thriller  Chameleon  follows in the footsteps of some of cinema’s most disturbing uninvited guest narratives, to remind us that home and our most intimate relationships are only a safe haven when we’re careful about who we let in. I spoke to Jorge (with the tireless help of Daniel Diaz’s live translation) at the  London Film Festival  about the ethos of his Chilean filmmaking...
Topics: Jorge Riquelme Serrano, Chile, Psychological Thriller, Interview
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Dec 8, 2016 Amber Williams
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Producer of the 2008 Oscar winning exposé of the American military’s use of torture  Taxi to the Dark Side , Eva Orner’s new film as director,  Chasing Asylum , brings to light the repugnant and inhumane ways the Australian government treats asylum seekers hidden away on the offshore islands of Manus and Nauru. This latest piece had me (and many others) in tears as I left the cinema, mortified at the unspeakable ways in which some humans treat others, and conversely, impressed with the...
Topics: Eva Orner, Chasing Asylum, Documentary, Australia, Feature, Interview
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Nov 30, 2016 MarBelle
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Utilising exquisite black and white cinematography, rich sound design and a disturbing expression of the extremes of loneliness, Nicolas Pesce’s horrifying first feature  The Eyes of My Mother , expertly hijacks your imagination for its own ends, making you ‘see’ its most brutal moments deep in your mind’s eye. During our interview recorded at the  London Film Festival , Nicolas speaks about being accepted into the  Borderline Films  brotherhood, his preference for grounded...
Topics: Horror, London Film Festival, Nicolas Pesce, USA, Feature
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Nov 18, 2016 MarBelle
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Three years ago when I spoke to Tomasz Wasilewski about his sophomore feature  Floating Skyscrapers  the Polish director teased a future project which would be a portrait of the lives of four woman in the wake of the collapse of communism. That idea came to fruition as a story of lust, isolation and loneliness called  United States of Love , and so Tomasz returns to the podcast to delve further into his rigorous approach to rehearsals and the new difficulty he found when it came to editing a...
Topics: Tomasz Wasilewski, United States of Love, Poland, Interview, Feature, Drama
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Nov 10, 2016 MarBelle
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Edoardo De Angelis’ thought provoking third feature Indivisible explores the lives of eighteen year old siamese twins, Daisy and Violet, as they are faced with the emotional decision of whether to be surgically separated. That daunting realisation of a previously unimagined future in which they could grow up independently inevitably leads the sisters to consider questions about identity and separation. I sat down with Edoardo at the London Film Festival to delve deeper into the emotional...
Topics: Edoardo De Angelis, Italy, London Film Festival, Drama, Feature, Interview, Siamese, Sisters
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Nov 4, 2016 MarBelle
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Unfolding almost exclusively within the confines of a Brussels family home which has become a battleground for pent up resentments and socioeconomic accusations, Joachim Lafosse’s After Love begins 15 years after the happily ever after marriage of Marie and Boris, as the couple painfully move towards separation and divorce. I sat down with Joachim (my thanks to Juliet Dante for her excellent translator skills) during the London Film Festival to discover his methods for creating a family unit...
Topics: Belgium, Drama, Feature, Joachim Lafosse, London Film Festival
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Oct 26, 2016 Amber Williams
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Depicting the true accounts of inseparable brothers Elmer and Erik as they attempt to escape the wrath of their headmaster’s unrelenting tyranny, Jesper W Nielsen’s The Day Will Come brings us a painfully honest depiction of the boys’ lives in a 1967 Copenhagen orphanage. I was lucky enough to sit down with the sagacious Jesper at the London Film Festival, who spoke to me about translating the disturbing reality of institutional abuse into his harrowing new feature.
Topics: Jesper W Nielsen, Denmark, Interview, Feature Film
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Oct 19, 2016 Amber Williams
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Whilst interviewing Director Alice Diop at this year’s  London Film Festival  I could feel passion emanating from her as she spoke of her new project  On Call  – a film which seeks to put names and faces to the asylum seekers suffering a life of loneliness and fear as they live in exile in Paris. Sneaking behind the curtain of their one on one consultations with doctors and psychiatrists who go far beyond the obligations of their roles, this documentary highlights those who attempt to...
Topics: Alice Diop, France, Documentary
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Oct 14, 2016 MarBelle
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Creatively combining archival footage, firsthand accounts and rotoscoped animation, Keith Maitland’s feature documentary  TOWER  recreates the tense horror of America’s first mass school shooting perpetrated in 1966 by a lone gunman from the University of Texas Tower over the course of 96 horrifying minutes. Directors Notes sat down with Keith at the London Film Festival to discover how he brought the tragic events of that day to visceral life for a new generation all too familiar with...
Topics: Keith Maitland, Documentary, USA, Animation, London Film Festival, Texas
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Jun 8, 2016 MarBelle
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At the beginning of this year I would have never imagined that one of my cinematic highlights would be an Icelandic feature about estranged sheep farmers, but Grimur Hakonarson’s  Rams  is a film filled with such deep humour and an even deeper humanity that I was rapt from its opening frame. Grimur joins us on the podcast to share how he overcame challenges of funding, weather and sheep casting, to scoop the prestigious Un Certain Regard award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Topics: Grimur Hakonarson, Iceland, Drama
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Apr 14, 2016 MarBelle
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What if God was not only real but lived in Brussels with his wife and unknown daughter, spending his time exacting a series of petty and cruel torments on mankind? That’s the scenario which award winning Director Jaco Van Dormael mines to great comic and visual effect in his fourth feature The Brand New Testament . Jaco joined DN to discuss how he creates cinema in which perceptions of reality match our own non-linear thought processes, and why despite featuring gospels, disciples and God...
Topics: Belgium, Comedy, Feature, Jaco Van Dormael, Interview
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Mar 10, 2016 MarBelle
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Well known as one of Israel’s busiest film editors and the director of the 2007 Cannes premiering short  Death of Shula , Asaf Korman’s debut feature  Next to Her  provides an intimate and very personal look at the themes of co-dependence and unhealthy symbiotic relationships. Ahead of  Next to Her’s  VOD and UK cinema release on 11th March, Korman joins DN to discuss the practical necessity of crafting characters who are slightly removed from their real life inspirations and why a...
Topics: Asaf Korman, Drama, Interview, Israel
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Feb 23, 2016 Amber Williams
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Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker  Hanna Polak ,  Something Better to Come  is in my opinion one of the most important and powerful social documentaries of recent times. Featuring the personal stories of multi-generational families living on the garbage dumps just outside of Moscow, the film provides a heart wrenching insight into the agony some people must endure in order to survive, and the hard fought battles which must be won to change one’s life. At the centre of which is Yula, a...
Topics: Feature, Hanna Polak, Poland, Documentary
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Feb 12, 2016 Amber Williams
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Centred around one man’s violent struggle to protect his livelihood after industrial collapse,  Stephen Fingleton’s   The Survivalist  provides a tense depiction of how people forced to accepted their old lives are over, live a vicious new existence. Stephen joined us to discuss how he created the contained post-apocalyptic world of  The Survivalist  and provides a beautifully worded, but brutally honest depiction of what it is to be a filmmaker.
Topics: Drama, Stephen Fingleton, UK
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Dec 16, 2015 MarBelle
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A masterclass in how to translate production efficiency into maximum emotional impact,  Jakob M. Erwa’s  sophomore feature  Homesick  sees an ambitious cellist’s dreams of  four walls, two people, one happiness  disintegrate as the pressures from her demanding career and less than hospitable new neighbours slowly erode her grip on reality. DN caught up with Erwa at the  London Film Festival  to discuss why he wasn’t willing to be delayed by traditional financing routes and how his...
Topics: Drama, Feature, Germany, Jakob M. Erwa, Interview
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Dec 11, 2015 MarBelle
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Feature documentary newcomer Maya Newell’s  Gaby Baby  is an honest, intimate and groundbreaking look at modern family life. I sat down with Maya at the London Film Festival to find out her motivation behind making the film and how same sex parents deal with the decision to come out when children are involved.
Topics: Maya Newell, Australia, Documentary, Interview
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Nov 26, 2015 MarBelle
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About as far removed from an easy, passive watching experience as you can get, Matt Sobel’s debut feature Take Me To The River  is an experience as compelling as it uncomfortable, which speaks to Sobel’s ability to draw an audience in as co-creators of the events unfolding on screen. We caught up with Sobel at the London Film Festival to dig into the origins of his inverted coming of age story and discover how he harnessed the celebrity power of Taylor Swift to craft an impressive...
Topics: Matt Sobel, drama, feature, interview, London Film Festival
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Nov 24, 2015 MarBelle
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We know that some of you have been with us since our earliest days, for which we're eternally grateful, but over the past 7 years you've all remained a deliciously elusive mystery to us at DN Towers. We're planning to make some big changes around here and need your help to make sure they're all for the better. So if you could lend us a few minutes of your time, we'd really appreciate it.
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Nov 24, 2015 MarBelle
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Today’s guest Chris Dundon not only comes highly recommended by our friends Justin and Neil over at Filmstock, but was part of the crew on Justin’s short  Clandestine , which you may recall was the very first  film  /  interview  to feature on Directors Notes. When deciding to make his directorial debut, Chris worked with Justin and Neil to help him realise his short  Somewhere, Anywhere , which he joins us to discuss.
Topics: Chris Dundon, drama, interview, short
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Nov 24, 2015 MarBelle
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It's an oft quoted phrase that 'Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity' , well this week's guest Fede Alvarez is certainly living proof of that. After working away on his pet 'robots attack' SFX project for a couple of years, Fede cashed in on the Facebook built, viral hype surrounding his short Panic Attack (Ataque de P�nico!) by hopping on a plane to LA and ultimately penning a $30m feature deal with Ghost House Pictures, under the mentorship of director Sam Rami - the...
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Nov 24, 2015 MarBelle
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The humble tumbleweed may not seem like an obvious focus for a short, but Jared Varava's non-tumbling protagonist proves to be the perfect vehicle for this tale of an outsider contently moving through life at their own pace. Jared joins us to discuss becoming persona non grata amongst the vfx community and share the secret recipe for cowboy coffee.
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Nov 24, 2015 MarBelle
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Kurtis Hough's approach to filmmaking may best be described as the 'patient experimental cinema of nature'. He makes his third appearance on DN today with Warm Earth, Which I�ve Been Told and Cryosphere , a pair of films which both fall into that category whilst expanding the inventive creativity we've come to expect from Kurt's work through the years.
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Nov 24, 2015 MarBelle
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Actor, turned director Kate Hardie's film Shoot Me screened as part of the Obsessive and Compulsive shorts programme at this year's London Film Festival and explores issues of female self-image and ageing. In a brief respite from the hubbub of the festival we spoke to Kate about using comedy as an effective camouflage for issues you want to get across to your audience.
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Sometimes you find a piece that has you sharing it across the web before it's even finished playing and the video for band Sour's Hibi no Neiro definitely falls into that category. This week I have the pleasure of talking to the promo's four directors; Masashi Kawamura, Hal Kirkland, Magico Nakamura & Masayoshi Nakamura about how planning, web cams and a loyal fan base can combine to create an infectious music video.
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Nov 24, 2015 MarBelle
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Self financed, shot at weekends with a skeleton crew and released online for free, Brad Bores' Wishful, Sinful could be said to be the definition of the indie feature. Brad joins us this week to discuss finding your film cinematically during the production process and the need for honest festival feedback.
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Nov 24, 2015 MarBelle
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I've been a keen follower of the work of director Kieran Evans ever since the DV experimental documentary Finisterre he co-directed with Paul Kelly for Saint Etienne in 2003. I caught up with Kieran at the London Film Festival to discuss his move into features with his adaptation of Niall Griffiths' Liverpool set novel Kelly + Victor . We discussed capturing a unique cinematic view of Liverpool and how themes of nature's cruelty informed the tone and structure of the film.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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The town of Luton in the UK is famous for lots of things; hat making, Vauxhall cars, David Arnold, Paul Young and now the Filmstock International Film Festival. Now in its 8th year, the festival's passionate approach to Independent filmmaking has gained it a dedicated and ardent following. This year's gathering saw an 11 day period heaving with cinematic delights, as the Filmstockers united to witness an array of over 90 short films from nearly 20 countries, Polskistock - a season of Polish...
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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The field of animation is probably the most labour intensive means of filmmaking, but even by those standards most projects look like a breeze when weighed against the 6000+ digital paintings created by my guest Reza Dolatabadi for his sumptuous graduation film Khoda .
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Luke Snellin's second short, and first instalment in his 'Britpop Trilogy' Mixtape topped 2009's Virgin Media Shorts and made a large splash online. Luke returns with the awkward teen love triangle short Disco , and joins us to discuss the inspirational qualities of crying, pyjama clad women on bicycles and inventing the short film encore.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Director Mat Whitecross held his cool in a special 'speed round' London Film Festival interview for his new feature Spike Island , which captures the infectious dedication of Stone Roses fans, risen to a fever pitch around that legendary gig. We discuss the importance of mixing lucky breaks with a determination to create on your own terms, and a close crew of filmmakers you can trust and rely on.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Despite living a 50 minute train ride from my house, it took, two planes and the SXSW film festival for me to catch up with actor and director Tim Plester. Since we last spoke about his short English Language with English Subtitles , Tim's been hard at work on his feature documentary Way of the Morris with co-director Rob Curry. We discussed the arduous nature of documentary making and the importance of reconnecting with your roots.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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In Swedish director Niclas Larsson's debut short Vatten , a lonely girl discovers a mysterious unconditional love during a late night swim. Niclas joins us to discuss getting his feet wet with underwater filming and his use of 'silent takes' to expunge unnecessary dialogue during the edit.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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I've been a fan of director Hattie Dalton's darkly comedic work since her first short The Banker walked away with the BAFTA Film Award in 2005, so grabbed the opportunity for an interview about her feature film debut Third Star . Hattie joined me from Australia to discuss breaking ground in the can-com genre and the perils of shooting distraction free in the Welsh countryside.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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My viewing schedule this year meant that I got to see very few documentaries, but of the handful I did catch, Kelly Parker's debut South Main - a look at three African American single mothers attempting to rebuild their lives after being evicted from their South Central apartment complex - stood out as an intimate portrait of life on the economic edge. We got together to discuss Kelly's one woman, low budget filmmaking techniques.
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Director Matt Strachan joins us this week to discuss his switch from writing to directing on his self-penned short Giraffes and Laughs and Feelings and Things .
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Squint/Opera are well known for their work operating in the space between the film industry and architectural practice, realising commissions as hybrid visualisation/motion graphics pieces for their clients. Co-founder Jules Cocke joins us to discuss the company's award winning piece for the 2006 Gardens by the Bay Master Plan Design Competition in Singapore.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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On a wintry Vienna night a newborn baby hangs in the balance of being wanted and being abandoned by two desperate couples in Christoph Kuschnig's award winning short Hatch . Christoph joins us to discuss the challenges of directing a short whose schedule was dictated by its newborn actors and why characters don't need to be likeable to be compelling.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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We only discovered the work of director Kristoffer Borgli last year but instantly became lifelong fans of his style of filmmaking. Kristoffer joins us to discuss his career to date and why octopus faced kids are unlikely to appear in his ad work.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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A reverential tribute to all those earnest YouTube performers who give it their all regardless of filmic or musical talent, Daniel Moshel takes August Schram's rendition of Carmen to unexpected, delightful places in their film MeTube . We chat to Daniel about juggling performance, green screen, motion control and CG to defy viewer expectations, as well as why you may want to double check your film's sharing settings when posting online.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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This week's guest director Emma Curtis returned to the world of animation following the success of her 2005 installation piece Diary of a Hoarder and the repeated view that the obsessions of artist and collector Paul Escott were a ripe playground for a short film. Emma joins me to discuss the challenges of creating stop frame animation across multiple borrowed spaces...with wobbly floorboards.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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The balance between documentarist and subject has always been a tricky balancing act; too close and you risk losing objectivity but too distant and you really don't have a film. I spoke to Amir Bar-Lev about navigating this minefield in his feature documentary My Kid could Paint That , along with what happens when events take your film in an completely unexpected direction.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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For any of you who've dug into our show archives, or stuck around for the last 6 months or so, you'll already be familiar with returning Directors Notes family member Brent Green and his work, from our discussion on his piece Hadacol Christmas in episode 12. Brent's back with us today to talk about his new film Carlin as well as his moonlighting as an art gallery door carpenter.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Whilst trying to squeeze in as many films as possible at the recent Filmstock festival, I managed to tear myself away from the screen and grab a few words with filmmaker Craig Rook, whose film What a Freegan Waste was screening as part of the Short Docs session. The film takes an in-depth look at the Freegan lifestyle in both the US and UK and investigates how the individuals involved with this movement are taking matters in to their own hands, to help the fight against environmental...
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Regularly compared to Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs due to its depiction of sex, Ashley Horner's second feature about a couple in all consuming love, brilliantlove has caused a stir with critics and viewers alike. Ashley joins us to discuss his reasons for bringing such a frank portrayal to screen and the importance of the 'why' when working with actors.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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How interesting is your grandfather? I'm willing to bet that no matter what he did in his younger years, it pales into insignificance when stacked up against director Doug Karr's grandfather of mystery David Karr. Doug joins us to discuss asking the big questions in his short Ten for Grandpa .
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Jaro Minne's 'slice of life' short Regarde-moi sees a girl thrust into adulthood, yet paralysed when faced with the choice of making a change for herself or maintaining the status quo for the benefit of the people she loves. Jaro tells us how improvisation brings him closer to his goal of creating work that is both tactile and natural, and why you should never attempt to hide your bad cooking with good sauce.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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If you're of the view that after just over 100 years of existence the form of film is a locked down certainty, my guest Andrew Filippone Jr's piece Happy Monday , a documentary film object, suggests otherwise in its depiction of the death of the short film Happy Monday Mr. Krebs whose motionless 16mm reels form the core of the piece.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Sitting somewhere between documentary and art piece, Convento looks at the work of Dutch kinetic artist Christiaan Zwanikken and the restored monastery in Portugal that provides both home and inspiration for the work of Christiaan and his family. Director Jarred Alterman joins me to discuss the pleasure of screening Convento for the SXSW audience and how falling out with a jazz band can lead you to the best projects.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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A TV show which is currently in the search for a home, but shows a stack of promise is Asylum . My guest Shirley Petchprapa co-wrote and directed a series prequel for the dark, brooding show to act as an additional tool in the team's arsenal in network pitch meetings.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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We last spoke to documentary director Ashley Sabin back in 2007 for Kamp Katrina , the feature doc she co-directed with David Redmon. She joins us again to discuss their new documentary, Girl Model and how access can shape the form of a project from the earliest stages.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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In his short drama Partying Apart , director Asaf Asulin tackles the issues of loneliness, dreams and those fleeting moments of connection rarely seized in real life. Asaf joins us this week to discuss breaking away from expected Israeli storytelling, why the future is now and the perils of shooting single take scenes on buses.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Mike Rymer joins us to discuss his short film ' SICK' , which explores the rarely openly discussed problem of depression and the life altering effects it can cause for its suffers.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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A director we've been watching with great interest here on DN, Rob Savage's work consistently grabs our attention. That's why I asked him to join us on the podcast so I could discover how it all began at the tender age of 18 when he wrote, directed, edited, shot and co-produced his debut feature Strings , which depicts those quiet, awkward moments of teenage relationships we rarely get to witness on screen.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Our guest Thomas Atanazio used an abundance of can do attitude to push through the creation of his short LIVE LOVE WORK PLAY , securing the rights to an original story from comic creator Winshluss, production assistance, equipment and music clearance from one of his favourite bands.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Our director interview today is with Robin Van Rijn whose work was first introduced to me through the stunning visuals he created for Bride of the Atom's live gigs. His mixed media motion graphics piece, Cities of the World was inspired by a quote from the recently deceased French cultural theorist and philosopher Jean Baudrillard and stands as a fine tribute to his ideas and concepts.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Park Jung-Bum's accomplished debut feature The Journals of Musan was awarded both the FIPRSECI Jury Award and a Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. I was lucky enough to grab some interview time with Park to discuss his depiction of the plight of North Korean defectors and his tutelage under South Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Eli Sasich's ambitious short HENRI , about a derelict spaceship that becomes self-aware, employs an impressive mix of quarter-scale miniatures, in-camera effects, and computer animation. Eli joins us to discuss finding the perseverance to continue when it feels like your shoot is failing and using his split second reaction skills to create a fireball.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Using particle animation and lighting effects Chris Lavelle has created a living, organic piece of 3D art in his experimental short ASCENSION . Chris joins us to discuss the evolution of the piece.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Photographer and filmmaker Mark Brecke has dedicated his career to capturing images of some of the unimaginable crimes against humanity in regions such as Cambodia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Sudan, the West Bank, and Iraq. He joins us this week to discuss his work in Darfur and how it developed into the sobering feature documentary They Turned Our Desert Into Fire .
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Way back in the mists of DN time, director Tony Comley joined us to discuss his plane disaster animation Abigail . It's my pleasure to welcome Tony back to the show for a catch up and look at his new experimental, time-lapse based short Stately Turrets Fall .
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Employing inventive uses of practical effects, Jamie Stone's Sci-Fi short Orbit Ever After tells the story of two star crossed lovers attempting to bridge the gap between them. Jamie joins us on DN to discuss shooting convincing wire-free zero gravity and the benefits of stealing ideas from your early scripts.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Imagine walking up in a world where suddenly all music was banned, from the radio station to the ringtone on your phone. Well that�s exactly what happen in 2012 in northern Mali and is documented in Johanna Schwartz�s sonic feature They Will Have To Kill Us First , a film which charts the defiant spirit of musicians willing to risk their lives for the love of their art. Speaking to us at the London Film Festival Johanna shares how armed with a production kit which fit in her pockets she...
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Much of what I decided to see at SXSW came from the recommendations of others, so when Andrew Johnson of MovieChatter called me up to insist I join him and the director of one of his favourite South By films for dinner "Right Now!" I hoped it'd turn out to be a good watch. As it happened Bad Fever was some of the best filmmaking I saw at the festival and I'm pleased to have been joined by director Dustin Guy Defa for my final interview of SXSW. We spoke about not losing your voice to...
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Joining me is self taught animator/director Brent Green to take us through his Whisky fuelled short Hadacol Christmas. Brent has gained a reputation as a howling Tom Waits style preacher at the live gigs where he narrates over his animations with live soundtracks provided by Califone.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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If you want to make a splash for your new directing partnership, then putting out a film which seamlessly features 80 graduate fashion designs over an 8:30 minute creative narrative is probably one of the best ways to do it. Directors karl&tynan join us to discuss the technical and costume challenges of their perpetual walk cycle film Ouroboros .
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Animation director Matthias Hoegg joins us this week to discuss his BAFTA nominated, not so distant future short Thursday and the inspiration that's there to be found in traditional American quilts.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Kicking off our SXSW 2011 interviews is director Barbara Eder, whose drama/documentary mixed feature Inside America looks at the lives of six high school students in the boarder town of Brownsville, Texas, whose daily struggles are far removed from the shiny concept of the American Dream.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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It's hard to believe there was a period in which the US government had to be convinced safe sex education was an essential tool in combating the rise of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but unfortunately without the work of ex-hustler and safe sex pioneer Richard Berkowitz that conclusion could have been much later in coming. Daryle Wein's documentary feature Sex Positive shines a light on the little known history of the safe sex movement and the personal cost to Berkowitz as he was vilified in the gay...
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Today we're joined by the ridiculously prolific filmmaker Lee Hardcastle who in his own understated but ever so true words, ' makes claymations that are not for children's eyes ', the latest of which is Ghost Burger , an excellent sequel to his T is for Toilet segment from the ABCs of Death . Lee joins us for a long overdue chat about his career as a filmmaker and successful YouTube channel producer, and why he'll never insult his audience with crap filmmaking.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Experimental animation director Carl Burton graduated from the University of California with an MFA in visual art. He has created scientific visualizations at the Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group and also worked in the Experimental Game Lab at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. His light microscopy piece Drift takes a documentary approach as it follows a nameless character who explores alien landscapes.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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For his second feature Tricks , Andrzej Jakimowski delves into his life and other personal stories to show that with a little self-determination and planning, it's possible to sometimes have the world go your way. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Andrzej to get into the details of bringing Tricks to the screen.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Some are called, some are chosen but all attempt to work for the greater good of their communities. No it's not the synopsis for Kick-Ass 2 , but rather Michael Barnett's feature documentary Superheroes which delves into the world of Real Life Superheros across North America. Michael joined us to discuss gaining access to this secretive and camera shy group in our final interview of this year's London Film Festival.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Jim Threapleton joins us to discuss his directorial debut Extraordinary Rendition and the challenges of striking the correct balance of tone in a film that depicts the personal effects of a wrongly accused man caught up in a system with little regard for the rights of the individual.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Most of the guests on Directors Notes have had to self finance and hustle to get their projects to screen, but every once in a while a directors' passion and drive for a project manages to push through the maze of questions and checks to grab a share of the funding pot. Robin King and his Pixilation camera revenge piece Ten Thousand Pictures of You not only grabbed the cash but became a stronger film for the experience.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Leo Bridle and Ben Thoma's graduation short Train of Thought is an impressive mix of cut-out live action, stop motion, paper craft, green screen, rotoscoping and sketched animation. Leo and Ben join us this week to discuss their multi-discipline, collaborative approach to filmmaking.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Tim Plester joins us this week to discuss his DVD released trilogy of shorts and directorial debut English Language (With English Subtitles) , which he also wrote and stars in.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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When the collaborators at JUNK / Demoscene began work on a quick one minute animation back in 2004, a four year production cycle and two in-between shorts certainly wasn't the plan. Director Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen joins us to discuss how the aptly named E.T.A. eventually made its way to completion, and why the extended production cycle led to a film well worth the wait.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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After discovering a cache of nearly 85 hours of pristine 16mm film shot by Swedish news reporters documenting the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community, director G�ran Hugo Olsson brought together contemporary commentators and musicians to bring the material to life and so create The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975 . We sat down with G�ran at the London Film Festival to discuss the importance of music in his work and why documentary filmmakers should dig in their own...
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Not one to select projects due to their ease of execution, director Joseph Ernst hit the streets of London with a 100 year old hand cranked 35mm camera for documentary Londoners and even considered drilling a hole in his jaw to get the shot in experimental film Feeder . Joseph joins us to discuss finding projects that contain something of the unusual and the unseen.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Director Thomas Egas joined us way back on DN022 with his cautionary tale LIVE LOVE WORK PLAY . It's a pleasure to welcome him back this week to discuss his latest comic adaptation and move into animation, with the relationship secrets fable AMOR FATI .
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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Narrowly escaping a career as a wedding video editor with his creative, self-initiated fake trailers, Australian filmmaker Stuart Bowen took the bold choice to dive into stop motion animation feet first for his debut short Woody . Stuart takes us through his steep learning curve and reveals how the cost of printer ink can ultimate effect the aesthetic of your film for the better.
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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When D.C. band These United States set out on their six week tour that would see them play 33 shows in 33 cities with 33 different lineups, they asked director Jared Varava to come along and document their herculean adventure. Jared returns to DN to discuss battling hard drive failures on the road, the temptation of grilled chicken and why putting the camera aside once in a while to be present in the moment can be a positive when it comes to conveying the emotion and atmosphere of an experience...
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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I'm pretty sure that Daniel Edelstyn is the only director I met at the London Film Festival this year who's the rightful heir to a Russian vodka factory. We spoke about connecting with relatives from beyond the grave and working as a film outsider.